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GFIA ‘Call for Innovations’

August 24, 2014

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA), an influential event for the future of sustainable agriculture, has launched the ‘Call for Innovations’ for next year’s event, to be held from 9-10 March 2015 in Abu Dhabi. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2014. Read More »

Speaking up for the benefits of traditional vegetables

August 19, 2014
World Vegetable Centre Director General Dyno Keatinge.

World Vegetable Centre Director General Dyno Keatinge is encouraging Australian audiences to “give traditional vegetables a go” during interviews with ABC Radio at the International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, 17-22 August 2014.

Links to listen:

Is getting our daily vegetable and fruits fix more important than we think?
666 ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Canberra, 18 August 2014

Forget tomatoes and carrots: why indigenous vegetables and fruits should be on the Australian dinner plate
ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 18 August 2014


PUP Senator lobbies for bumblebee pollination trials

August 7, 2014

A Palmer United Party Senator has lobbied Treasurer Joe Hockey for bumblebee pollination trials and a smaller mushroom growers levy, as part of Federal Budget negotiations. Jacquie Lambie has told the Treasurer she wants bumblebee pollination trials in Tasmania because there is evidence it can improve yields in tomato crops. Read More »

What is the difference in results between soil and hydroponics?

August 4, 2014
Rick Donnan

I have noticed many different claims of the advantages of hydroponics over soil growing, especially a wide variation in figures for relative yields and water use. Are there any standard and reputable data available? Read More »

New Industry Growth Phase

July 31, 2014
Steven Carruthers

The Hydroponics Farmers Federation conference, recently held at Club Mulwala Resort, New South Wales, heralded a new growth phase for the Australian protected cropping industry with the inclusion of an aquaponics position within its charter. As far as I am aware, this is a first by an Australian commercial grower organisation and signals a broadening of the industry. Read More »

Innovation Under Glass

July 31, 2014
The new greenhouse is based on a greenhouse at the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands, with the ability to control carbon dioxide, light, temperature and greenhouse coverings.

With cutting edge design and unique features, a new, world-class greenhouse facility to be built at the University of Western Sydney will focus on research and development that is set to advance Australian horticulture.


Waste timber to produce energy for large glasshouse

July 31, 2014

Growing glasshouse crops with the help of timber from demolition sites is the grand plan of a new Victorian business. The consortium Sustainable Farms has announced that it wants to build a project which uses timber to power energy plants, which can then help grow indoor fruit and vegies. Michael Mifsud, from Sustainable Farms, says it’s a project that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.